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    (I've been lurking on ValueMD for a long time and now I should give something back!)

    My background:
    I'm a 24 year old Canadian med school student starting the International Medicine program at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia this August. My history: I didn't have the best grades in high-school (didn't try) and didn't continue my studies after that. Life made me realize that professional doctors lead a rewarding life, so I decided to pursue it before it got too late for me.

    How I found Gadjah Mada:
    I've been browsing ValueMD and dozens of other sites for the last two years. I even met some doctors that have graduated out of schools in the Caribbean. So, I've learned quite a lot. I was told by my doctor friends to make sure that I go for a university that is recognized on California health board and also appears on WHO and IMED. They also told me to look for well-established schools that have been recognized for a long time. I looked at all countries... finally I found Gadjah Mada appearing on every list. I did some research and it's actually quite famous down in Southeast Asia but of course as a North American, I've never even heard of it.

    I decided to give it a try:
    At first I didn't find their website. I made some calls and they directed me to: Gadjah Mada International Medicine Programme . Everything was fairly well laid out. The best part is that their admission requirements were very lax. They required a 65% minimum average and just high-school completion (Yaay!). The only obstacle was a 6-hour admission exam that is administered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (since most of their international students are from Malaysia). I had no idea what to study so I just went over my high-school stuff and also bought some A-level study books online to study from. Anyways, last month I went in for the admission exam and found it difficult. It was like an SAT exam but much higher difficulty when it came to the sciences and math. The logic and English part was much easier than the SAT or ACT. Last week, I found out that I cleared it and made it in! (Yaay!)

    Gadjah Mada University
    I actually visited Yogyakarta, Indonesia a few weeks ago, just to see if I'd be able to survive there in case I made it in. I was surprised! The city is so clean. The university is massive (compared to the ones I've seen in Canada). It's pretty much a college town. Everybody's friendly and all the amenities are available. Food's cheap and so is housing. I was impressed.

    I'm not sure why more international students like myself haven't considered it! Gadjah Mada is the oldest and largest university in all of Indonesia (population 240 million). I found the Wikipedia article contained the most info about it: Gadjah Mada University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Other than that, I begin in August. I'll update you guys with my first-hand experience once I've actually started. Wish me luck!
    Last edited by waqqashanafi; 08-06-2013 at 08:32 AM.

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    Moving to Asian medical schools forum.

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    Thanks a lot for posting! I've been searching for med uni's in indonesia for a long time and Gadjah Mada seems like a great opportunity!
    How are you liking Yogyakarta and the school so far? I am strongly considering registering for the admission test when registration opens in feb next year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    /Anna
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    So waqqashanafi how is the school and your change to student life going? What are your impressions now with Gadjah Mada University? please give those of us reading this thread an insight into the curriculum, subjects you are studying now and life in general there? I assume the program is a full undergraduate program (5 - 6 years plus an internship year) also do they offer a graduate entry stream?

    Wishing you luck... though it is more about hard study on you part that will be the determining factor.

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    Hey,
    Congrats on getting in! I am really interested in attending Gadjah Mada University also. What was the entrance exam like in terms of the science and math portion? Do you think someone would be able to pass it without taking physics and inorganic chemistry? Thanks

    -Jane

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    i am looking for a school that will accept me with my law degree and no science pre reqs

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    Quote Originally Posted by chichi2000 View Post
    Thanks a lot for posting! I've been searching for med uni's in indonesia for a long time and Gadjah Mada seems like a great opportunity!
    How are you liking Yogyakarta and the school so far? I am strongly considering registering for the admission test when registration opens in feb next year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    /Anna
    Yogyakarta (or "Jogja" as it's called here) is actually great... there's not many distractions and it's a very peaceful medium-sized city. Overall, I couldn't have made a better decision for myself. The school is actually pretty good - better than I could've anticipated. Of course, it's far from perfect but then again, which school is perfectly perfect?!

    I spoke with a visiting Cornell University professor (he goes around giving advice to medical schools), and he said that Gadjah Mada is one of the best medical schools he has seen in South East Asia.

    Quote Originally Posted by globalmedic View Post
    So waqqashanafi how is the school and your change to student life going? What are your impressions now with Gadjah Mada University? please give those of us reading this thread an insight into the curriculum, subjects you are studying now and life in general there? I assume the program is a full undergraduate program (5 - 6 years plus an internship year) also do they offer a graduate entry stream?

    Wishing you luck... though it is more about hard study on you part that will be the determining factor.
    The curriculum is the best part I think... it's perfect for those wanting to do USMLE. There's a block system so things move fast and in manageable chunks. You study for your final exam every 7 weeks instead of a HUUUGE final exam in semester-based systems.

    Life: you begin to forget about life once you're busy with school! The people are incredibly friendly: both the Malaysians (International students) and the local Indonesians. I still have people come up to me and ask me, "Can I take your picture?"

    Yes, it's a full 5.5 year program that includes clinical rotations. After this you get your MD degree and you can start your residency in USA (providing you did well on your USMLE).

    Quote Originally Posted by JaneEnaJ View Post
    Hey,
    Congrats on getting in! I am really interested in attending Gadjah Mada University also. What was the entrance exam like in terms of the science and math portion? Do you think someone would be able to pass it without taking physics and inorganic chemistry? Thanks

    -Jane
    Sorry for the REALLY late response! Lol, I've been busy studying medicine ;-)

    I actually created a blog to help people out and have lots of detailed info, specifically about the admission exam (from what I remember). ( A Canadian Studying Medicine in Indonesia )...

    ... but I'll answer your question here anyways: you don't need anything other than highschool sciences and math... and I'd recommend you use A-Level books and practice questions to prepare.

    Quote Originally Posted by medwanted View Post
    i am looking for a school that will accept me with my law degree and no science pre reqs
    UGM has no requirements other than highschool sciences and math so your law degree will overqualify you lol. There's an age limit (or at least there was for 2011 intake) and it was maximum 24. Hopefully you aren't 24+!

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